Getting Qualified

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Qualifications overview

The CDI is the leading independent professional body for practitioners working in careers education, information, advice, guidance and career management. We encourage and support individuals working in the sector (members and non-members alike) to attain the highest education, training and professional standards in career development.

Lead Body for the Sector

As the lead body for the sector, we manage the UK Register of Career Development Professionals, also referred to as the Professional Register and Register. The UK Government is supportive of the Register and although registration is voluntary, qualified practitioners are strongly encouraged to join.

Awarding Body Status

The CDI is the awarding body for the Qualification in Career Guidance/Development (QCG/QCGD). From January 2017 these qualifications will be replaced by the Qualification in Career Development.

Professional courses:

Training and events

The CDI provides a wide range of CPD and training opportunities that are of benefit to members and the wider career development sector. Each year we survey members to identify their training needs. The programme includes:

  • Traditional one-day themed conferences – eg CDI/NICEC Conference; Student Conference; Career Educators' Conference
  • Skills workshops and training days – eg Practical Career Guidance Skills; Better presenting and Public Speaking; Introduction to Careers Work in Schools and Colleges; Motivating Clients - Inspirational and Creative Techniques etc
  • On-line webinars
  • Annual CDI Conference and Exhibition
  • National conferences with partners -  eg National Career Guidance Show; Total Professions Conference

For more information see Skills and Training Events.

Following each event, delegates will be sent an electronic CPD certificate.

Managing your CPD

There is a CPD recording system built into the members' area of this website. If you are not already keeping a log of your CPD, this will help you to identify and record CPD activities. If you are on the UK Register of Career Development Professionals, you need to keep your CPD record up to date on the CDI site and be able to evidence at least 25 hours CPD annually.